Thunderstorm washes out MH Dunfermline against Stoneywood-Dyce
David M Potter
The match had started in sunshine and after David Lamb won the toss he asked Dunfermline to bat first. With the last ball of the first over Scott Redhead had Mark Peachey well caught by Mike Louw low down in the slips and his opening g partner Brent Walker soon followed him back to the pavilion when he chased a delivery wide of the off stump from Taylor and Stuart Coetzer gratefully snapped up the chance.
The home side were finding runs hard to come by on a difficult pitch for batting and when Sean Kristal was out lbw to the South African professional Patrick Steytler they were in some difficulty at 30 for 3. The Dunfermline Overseas Amateur to say the least was displeased with the decision, muttering and hitting his pads with his bat as he left the playing area. Stuart Campbell and Vassu Reddy set about steadying the innings and put on 39 for the fourth wicket before Reddy was caught by Palmer.
The fall of this wicket brought Waqas Ahmed to the crease and he instantly set about the Stoneywood-Dyce attack hitting the bowlers to all parts of the ground. He was well supported firstly by Stuart Campbell and then by Beg as he made a quick fire 82 from 53 balls hitting 6 fours and 4 sixes in the process. His acceleration of the scoring enabled Dunfermline to post a target of 194, a score which at one point did not look achievable.
After the break with Stoneywood on 24 for no wicket the rains came in the 11th over and what could have been an intriguing contest was washed out despite the valiant efforts of the ground staff.